St. Francis' Children's Society

Widening Horizons

The Widening Horizons Project aims to find families for children in the care system who have special needs.

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (211670)





  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)



Recent statistics from the National Adoption Register suggest that over 80% of children waiting to be adopted have some form of special need. Their needs can be a mild or more serious learning disability, a degree of Cerebral Palsy or problems due to their mother’s alcohol dependency during pregnancy. All these children have a right to grow up in a family; if that cannot be their family of birth, then an adoptive family may offer them the best future. The Project aims to attract more people to adoption who have experience of caring for children with special needs; for example respite carers and teachers. Additionally, it aims to change perceptions so that more people consider parenting a child with special needs. We are aiming to place 6 children with adoptive families per year as a result of this Project. Below is a brief financial breakdown: Staff £38,838 Related expenditure £7,988 Administration £6,130 Annual Total £52,956 3 year Total £158,868 We would be delighted if someone visiting ‘The Big Give’ expressed an interest in supporting our work to find families for children with special needs. Do call us.